Fast action saves a life

1 Aug

Here is a story I got to share with our district family, then I posted it to our district Facebook page. My daughter, Hannah, works with Adam at Washington Elementary and has remarked several times about what a positive influence he is for the students and staff members.


We have to share a big shout-out to Washington Elementary Security Officer Adam Archibeque for his quick action in the face of a tragedy.

As his family was returning from a vacation in Florida, they came upon an accident scene on a highway in Tennessee. Adam and his father, Paul, stopped their vehicle and went to check on the SUV involved in the wreck. After flipping multiple times, the vehicle had stopped on its side, driver side on the pavement. Adam borrowed a knife from someone at the scene and entered the back of the vehicle, freeing a young boy and an infant who was still strapped properly into its car seat.
He moved to the front of the SUV where an adult was unresponsive, had no pulse and had suffered a head wound. Adam cut the man free from his seat belt and with help carefully removed him from the vehicle. Adam performed CPR on the man for 2 to 3 minutes, when the man began breathing on his own; Adam stayed with the man, applying pressure to the head wound until medical personnel arrived on scene
Adam’s quick action likely saved the man’s life. Sadly, another adult was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Adam credited his law enforcement first responder training for preparing him to help out.
“I have no doubt that each of our district security officers would have done the exact same thing if they had come upon that scene,” he said.

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